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- National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis (Eli Lilly & Co.)
A film about polio.
Film about children with polio. Focus on one boy who received the first vaccination. Takes place in Virginia. Images fo family at home (Mom, Dad, son and dog). Shows children receiving vaccinations. Shows lab work performed on monkeys to create the vaccination. Other lab animals shown, too.
polio Infantile Paralysis Poliomyelitis Children Diseases Epidemic Disabilities sick ill landscape Virginia lab animals
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: And They Would Tell The Kids....
And baby, those shots DID hurt!
Good flick showing the final chapter of those dreaded polio epidemics, the very thought of which, in those days, was utterly terrifying. The content focuses on the manufacture of the vaccine and all the quality checks that were done.
The film shows lots of shots of kids getting lots of shots that apparently don't hurt. Those of us who actually remember getting our flesh pierced with those huge, primitive 1950s era needles, however, will conclude that they must have used very selective footage here. And I had also forgotten that you had to get THREE shots in succession to gain maximum immunity. OUCH!!!Extra points to anyone who notices near the end where the bar chart shows that even if you get the vaccine you can STILL get the disease.
Since this film doesn't mention anything about how the cure for Polio was discovered (an interesting story in itself), it was likely used to try and reassure the public that the new vaccine was safe and woudn't give your kids polio, or any other horrible disease for that matter.
The shots of lab animals are kind of disturbing, but are ameliorated slightly by the kind way they are handled by the animal technicians, and no animal is shown suffering at any time during its handling or injection. But the film goes out of its way to NOT tell you why exactly they need those animals, and never makes clear what they have to do to figure out that a test animal did or didn't get a specific disease from being injected with a test dose of the vaccine.
A well made film that stops short of really being informative.
ps: It's Salk, Spuzz, not Paulk! And while we're at it, please let me add my futile voice to the many who have begged you to accept that the possessive of "it" is "its", not "it's" !!!!!
Subject: Looking for footage of mashed up monkey livers? Look no further...
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